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part in a protest. >>> confusion today in japan about the damaged nuclear power plant. more pools of radioactive water were found inside and the owners gave widely conflicting accounts about the danger. that only heightened concerns that the crisis has been mishandled. lee cowan is in tokyo. >> reporter: it was the second apology in as many days. and just the most recent example of late or flat-out erroneous information coming from the owners of japan's stricken nuclear power plant. >> tokyo electric power company says it needs to revise its announcement. >> reporter: tepco officials reported radiation levels near a pool of one of the reactors were 10 million times the normal level. workers were evacuated and news reports were full of fears the crisis only deepened. for all the alarm bells the news set off, sets out tepco says it was wrong. the radiation level in that pool and three other pools was high, but not the astronomical level first described. tepco apologized for what it called an inconvenience. but it was an inconvenience no one here needed. those in the hardest-hit area
. president obama again making the case for why the u.s. went in, but how does it end? >>> in japan, the disaster deepens with new problems at the nuclear plant. there are new fears about food safety and an american family has received the worst possible news about their daughter. our teams are on the ground. "nightly news" begins now. ightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in addition to two wars on two other fronts, the united states military tonight is engaged against libya. the attacks are in the form of air strikes. 32 of them in just the last 24 hours. about half now being carried out by u.s. aircraft. and there have been 136 cruise missiles launched. only eight of them by british armed forces. the rest launched by the u.s. they have hit targets up and down the libyan coastline, mostly aimed at libyan defenses, so the coalition aircraft can begin enforcing that no-fly zone over a larger portion of the country. the united states says moammar gadhafi is not a target personally, but president obama says the u.s. acted in these att
japan. we'll have answers for you here tonight. >>> the struggle of those rebels in libya to now get the upper hand as nbc's richard engel lives through a close call on the ground. >>> making a difference. with a combination of medical expertise and a higher power. >>> and a screen gem is gone. some say the last of the true movie stars. tonight we'll remember elizabeth taylor. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television sion >>> good evening. we're still in the middle of an air assault on libya. really the third front the u.s. is fighting on these days. it was launched by president obama to protect civilians, he said, because gadhafi's forces were bearing down on the rebels' head quarter city of benghazi. but all those cruise missiles and bombs still haven't stopped the ground fighting. the rebels were under heavy fire today about 100 miles to the south of benghazi. and as you're about to see, our own chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, was with them and got about as close as you'd ever want to. richard is back safely in benghazi tonight and is wi
to improve u.s. relations with south america. >>> the nuclear crisis in japan is raising more fears this morning. owners of the crippled plant said gray smoke is coming from the third unit. it has been leaking since the massive earthquake it is now said that japan's tap water is not safe for infants. the u.s. is just announced it is banning food imports from the infected regions of japan. >>> there are report that it is u.s. is considering evacuating military service members on stationed in japan. sailors have been given potasz ium pills. >>> a new poll shows that d.c. voters give he and kwame brown low marks. kimberly? >> this is a poll, toppant lifts break it down this way. mayor gray is off to a rocky start. proposal at 31%. a poll before the primary, gray posted a fafrability rating of 60%. 54% say he is not living up to a high standard of ethics, and 46% say he is not providing strong leadership. he gets strong marks for improving education and keeping in touch with citizens. as for council chairman kwame brown, his disapproval ratings, 43%. ratings for both men are lower than
learning that her body was found in the tsunami wreckage in japan where she had had teaching english. taylor anderson is the first american victim confirmed in the disaster. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in pennsylvania, one homeowner's spring cleaning became a much bigger job after a massive muddy water erupted from an old mine shaft. the mess occurred when an underground drainage pipe burst. the water was eventually redirected away from the home, but not before everybody in the basement was destroyed. in washington, d.c., mother nature used the sky over the nation's capital to put on a dazzling light show during the predawn hours. dramatic lightning proved to be just the opening act for a rough day of weather in the region. thunderstorms with heavy rain made the morning commute tough with more expected in the area over the next few days. >>> and finally, in florida, just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, well, it actually is. despite a look at this video. a group of sight seers and a kayaker had nothing to worry abo
broadcast tonight, radiation in milk. the latest evidence of the japan disaster in this country. but is it enough to worry about? >>> on the ground. president obama says he won't allow american boots on the ground in libya, but the cia is there. also what it means now that nato is running the show. >>> extreme weather. extreme enough to flip planes upside down in the south and in the northeast here comes a serious winter storm. >>> and making a difference. why this kid's choir gets a standing ovation every time out. >>> "nightly news" begins now. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. for weeks now we've been covering the nuclear disaster in japan, and not only the damage and suffering there, but the slow and inevitable drift of radiation into the atmosphere and landing here. so far it's been detected in 15 states across the u.s., all the way from the west coast to the east, and all the while we've been told these are minute, trace amounts that pose no harm to any of us. but now the epa says traces of radiation have been found
. >>> and making a difference, for the struggling people of japan. nbc news with americans on a mission to provide critical relief. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it has turned into a big military effort, bombs and cruise missiles have been raining down on libya, and it could get even bigger and the stakes are high. it's been a mostly u.s. run air campaign thus far, but tonight a change is coming. a hand-over to nato for the supervision of this strike. even though the pentagon warned libya today, quote, we will continue to hit you, the u.s. is anxious to shift some of this to somebody else. and just as there have been new and loud explosions in tripoli this evening, there are late developments in this story tonight. we want to begin our coverage with our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. good evening. >> reporter: after another day of high-stakes, diplomatic wrangling, the u.s. has gotten the allies to agree nato will take command of the libyan military operation, at least the no-fly zone. the president back in the whi
's the latest from tokyo at this moment. back to you guys. >>> the crisis in japan has some people wondering about the safety of our nuclear plant. there are 104 facilities in this country, and one of them is in maryland at the coward cliffs plant, 50 miles from washington, d.c. and as derrick ward reports, officials there say a situation like the one in japan not likely here, but they say that they are ready just in case. >> reporter: a world away in japan, there is fear and uncertainty as damaged nuclear reactors lead to what's being called radiation anxiety among those potentially exposed and something more serious among those definitely exposed. in maryland, they're not anxious but not ignoring the events of japan either. >> we'll have industry experts deep deeply engaged with the aftermath to understand what went well, what didn't go well, and apply those lessons learned to our industry. >> reporter: the emergency operations facility near the plant is hub of the preparedness in the event of an incident where they would monitor everything from radiation output to media coverage of the ev
japan amid ft the nuclear crisis. >>> and losing his cool. singer cis brown snaps after questions about his assault on singer cis brown snaps after questions about his assault on former girlfriend rihanna. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>>hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry today, we begin with power struggle. a fourth day of allied strikes have damaged moammar gadhafi's air defense systems, but so far, the attacks have failed to cripple gadhafi's confidence or put an end to his assaults. air fire streaked the skies last night over tripoli after a day of heavy fighting. despite some success in the south, the inexperienced rebels found themselves outgunned by government forces in the western city of misrata. gadhafi spoke on tv yesterday and a defiant gadhafi predicted, quote, we will win this battle. meanwhile, president obama has cut short his tour of latin america amid criticism of his leadership of the attack on libya. the president says he has, quote, absolutely no doubt that a success vl transfer of power to coalition powers will take place in a matter of days. t
i've ever seen. >> reporter: with the recent tragedy in japan, this year's 16-day festival will be focused on hope and rebuilding. part of the festival a thursday night event called stand with japan. >> we take time at every event to let people know what they can do to help and to contribute and just for a moment of reflection. >> reporter: it's been 99 years since japan gifted the trees to the unite. since then tourists have flooded the nation's capital around bloom time to see the beautiful trees. >> even in orlando, they'll talk about them on the news during this time of year. >> reporter: this year, 1 million people are expected to come through. the festival kicks off this saturday and runs through sunday, april 10th. >> a little bit more solemnity around the place. >> reporter: tonight's stand with japan event starts here at the tidal basin at 6:30. participant will be able to walk around the basin, then if they can, make a donation to the red cross. melissa mollet, news4. back to you. >>> we'll check road conditions now. tanya hutchins, have you been down to see them
't pose any risk. the u.s. is banning some food imports from the affected regions in japan. they are concerning evacuating service mens in japan. sailors have been given potaszium pills as precaution, and also the pills were provided to their families on the base. >>> the death toll reached 9300. officials have been forced to hold mass burials. the permission of the families are required. the japanese believe that cremation releases the person's spirit. >>> gray's proposal rating is just 31%. 40% disapprove. 29% say they don't have an opinion. the main issues was his leadership, ethics and inability to appoint the right people. negative feelings for kwame brown, 27% approval rating with a 43% disapproval rating. brown came underfire for leasing two suvs, costing taxpayers nearly $4,000 a month. >>> coming up on 5:0 six right now, police are trying to figure out if two unsolved murders are connected. the deadly shootings happened within days of each other in olney. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: this is an unlikely place for murders to happen. they don't have a high murd
concerns tonight about radiation in japan coming from those damaged nuclear reactors. trace amounts have now been picked up by air monitors in hawaii as well as stations in california, oregon, washington and colorado. authorities say it poses no threat to health. but in the quake zone in japan, the danger from radiation appears to be growing. nbc's chief science correspondent robert bazell reports. >> obviously things are not contained completely at this time. >> reporter: there are serious new concerns about reactor 3 at the fukushima site, which uses highly toxic plutonium in its fuel mixture. japanese officials now say there is a high possibility that the third reactor's fuel rods are damaged and it is leaking radioactive water from the reactor itself or from the pumping system being used to try to cool it. there are also concerns about high levels of radiation at 1 and 2. japan's prime minister called the situation grave and says it does not allow any optimism yet. the problem at reactor 3 was discovered when workers stepped into water that had 10,000 times the amount of radiation ty
basin tonight to show support for japan. good evening, i'mvim vants. >> and i'm wendy rieger. a woman stabbed in the back and what appears to be a robby that happened after a block off of the popular h street corridor in northeast washington. the atlas district. jackie bensen is the first reporter on the scene there. >> reporter: wendy, we're told the victim poultd a can of mace or pepper spray to defend herself and ended up being stabbed. now she's going to be okay but crime has unnerved this neighborhood tonight. >> reporter: two women described as being in their 20s were walking here in the intersection of 13th and g streets northeast about 8:40 p.m., when they were confronted by two men with a knife who tried to rob them. witnesses say that when one of the women pulled out a large can of mace or pepper spray one of the robbers jumped her from behind and stabbed her in the back and both arms. the robbers fled with the victim's purse leaving her bleeding on the sidewalk. she was taken to a local hospital by balance. -- anyway ambulance. police recovered the knife in the purse a few
it is sending robotic devices to japan to help the nation with its nuclear spill. they could work in areas where radiation levels could harm or kill humans. meanwhile, the japanese government is now admitting what many assumed, that its safeguards against a earthquake and tsunami were inefficient. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in new york city, chilling security videotape captured a tragic car crash early tuesday morning. the car hit a guardrail before flipping over and crashing through a set of glass doors, killing a pedestrian. police say the man behind the wheel lost control of the vehicle while exiting a bridge. the driver and passenger are reported in stable condition. >>> in miami, a 25-year-old woman was thrown to the ground by a police officer attempting to make an arrest. video that was posted on youtube shows members of a rowdy crowd becoming hostile when the cop showed up to arrest the woman who, according to a police report, was thrown out of a fashion show for unruly behavior. the she was later charged with disorderly conduct and resistin
gadhafi. >>> dead zone, dramatic photos provide the first glimpse inside japan's nuclear plant. >>> and severe weather and wintry storms tear through >>> and severe weather and wintry storms tear through portions of the nation. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with no letups. for five straight days now, western planes have been fiercely pounding libya. in tripoli, anti-aircraft fire lit up the sky once again. the air strikes appear to have thwarted gadhafi's efforts to overtake his opponents for now. although there has been retaliation. in misrata, there have been reports of sniper attacks by pro gadhafi supporters. off the the coast of libya, there were ships enforcing the u.s. arms embargo. today, the president meets with his national security team to discuss strategy. for more on that, we go to nbc's tracie potts in washington. good morning. >> lynn, good morning. no doubt, the question will be today what is the end game here? the president has anonsed that we will not be sending ground troops into libya
festival because of the devastation in japan. last week, hundreds took part in a candlelight vil vigil. a lot has happened over the ensuing 99 years. this annual blooming significesa peaceful state of relations. >> you do get that sense, very serene, beautiful. >> is it everything you expected? >> it is more, really gorgeous. >> reporter: we are getting the organizers of this year's festival say they expect the peak period to be sometime between march 29th and april 3rd so you still get time to get down here and see the peak of all of this. another annual event is a yoga demonstration, over by the sylvan theater. this year, it is done by the folks from the lululemon store chain, doing it in memory of jayna murray shall the lululemon employee that was killed by a co-worker. the festival kicks off later today over at the national building museum where there will be dignitaries, local and international. mayor gray and other family events, 400 free events surrounding this year's festival. live on the tidal basin. back to you. >>> hard to imagine they still haven't peaked yet. they look so
:s of the first direct exposure to radiation are giving new life to nuclear fear mis-japan. the nuclear safety agency says three workers at the fukushima plant came in direct contact with radiation, two had their skin exposed. this morning smoke could still be seen rising. radiation levels in tap water have drooped, but bottled water is still being distributed to families with young children as a precaution and the human toll is still on the rides. 9700 are confirmed dead, more than 16,000 also feared missing. >> the extensive damage in japan is having an affect on car production here in the u.s. toyota is the hate e. automaker to announce that work may stop at some of its north american plants due to parts shortages. toyota is unsure which factories will shut down or for how long, but says the impact will be limited because a majority of parts for north america production come from suppliers here. >>> u.s. military officials say the coalition air strikes in will i be have effectively grounded gadhafi air forces. no libyan planeses have been detected in the air for the past 24 hours. a fuel de
in japan's crisis. >>> and neighboring on the loose. a cobra compampanbra goes missi loose. a cobra compampanbra goes missi famous new york city zoo. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with gaining momentum. libyan rebels continue to push back forces loyal to moammar gadhafi. this morning an opposition spokesman claimed that rebels captured sirte. if that is ruis true, it would significant vehicle story for the movement. those developments come as nato has agreed to take over command and control of the entire libya operation including ground attacks. >>> president obama will speak to the nation tonight to sprain what role the u.s. will play in the mission in libya. now that nato has stepped in. the frommed is also expected to address concerned by both parties. tracie potts joins us live from washington with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. the president has a lot of questions to answer when he addresses the nation tonight. lawmakers here want to know should we even be involved in libya or should we
on the death of elizabeth taylor. a new warning about the food supply in japan. and if officials are any closer to securing that leaking nuclear plant. how is your cell phone service? we'll tell you if you're living in the worst area in the country for cell phones. tom kierein is also back with more on what could be a stormy afternoon. you... don't have a choice of getting breast cancer. i had no choice. that 3-day gave me that opportunity. and i can actually do something to help. 60 miles in 3 days-- i can do that. we can rid the world of this terrible disease... so that no mother... granddaughter... sister... daughter... mother... go through what my wife had to go through. (man) register today for the... and receive $25 off your registration fee. because everyone deserves a lifetime. >>> right now on news4 midday, we're remembering hollywood legend elizabeth taylor. she's died at a hospital in los angeles. she was 79. she was diagnosed six weeks ago with congestive heart failure. her family released a statement saying her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us. >>> d.c. cou
today." >>> it's 6:07 right now. now, to the disaster in japan. the country's prime minister is asking people to remain calm as the government deals with the growing radiation crisis. the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami two weeks ago heavily damaged the fukushima power plant. two engineers suffered radiation burns when contaminated water seeped over their shoes. authorities consider two of the six reactors safe. four others are still in question. plant workers say one reactor could be leaking high levels of radiation. despite the fierears, authoriti say there is not a risk of a wide-scale catastrophe. >> even in the worse case, we are unlikely to see a release of radiation approaching that of the chernobyl accident. >>> japanese authorities have been using seawater to cool the reactors but that is not ideal because it is core roe sieve and leaves behind salt deposits. the u.s. is sending 500,000 gallons of fresh water to help cool it down. >> president obama is said to speak to the nation monday night to discuss his decision for military operations in labia. he will speak at 7:30 from the n
, beginning at 7:30. >>> and now to the disaster in japan, where contamination levels at a damaged nuclear power plant have now reached new highs. the amount of radiation in the water that's been flooding the fukushima plant spiked today to levels 100,000 times higher than normal. higher levels of radiation were also found in the soil and the sea water along the japanese coast. the contamination is believed to be the result of a partial meltdown in the core of the complex following the march 11th earthquake and tsunami. another strong 6.5 aftershock rattled that country this morning, adding to the sense of unease for people there. and some students from fukushima are here in our area, visiting an elementary school in did yourwood, maryland. jane watrel is in our newsroom with that story. jane? >> wendy, the family has relatives in montgomery county, and since schools in their hometown are being used as disaster centers, they came to the area ahead of spring break, wanting to share their story with localel school children. >> my name is damaki. i'm 12 years old. >> reporter: a lesson in the
inside those rebel forces for a closer look. >>> radiation fears. the nuclear crisis in japan has a lot of people asking could it happen here, and would warning systems work if it did? >>> price check. a new drug to help prevent premature babies, but at what cost for those who need it? >>> and the close call for an american president 30 years ago tonight. what we didn't know until now. >>> also here tonight, the first-ever view of a neighbor of ours. "nightly news" begins now. ightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. right about now during these past few days across our country, people are watching this unfolding situation in libya. the rebels versus gadhafi. americans have heard president obama defending the u.s. air campaign he ordered, sending our service members to fight a third concurrent conflict far from home. in our conversation with the president yesterday, he wouldn't rule out or in giving american weapons to these rebels. and now you're going to get to see the rebels we're talking about, the side the u.s. is supporting in this w
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is in japan hit the food supply. >>> a star athlete killed. who police believe tried to cover up this crime. >>> an inmate in virginia served nearly 30 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. we'll tell you what finally set him free. >>> possible merger of at&t and t-mobile. it could impact thousands. whether you have that service or not. >>> guys, coming up in sports, george mason gets lost in a sea of red. >>> also, vcu keeps winning in the ncaa tournament. and how long will the capitals be without >>> more problems for arlington national cemetery. now poor record keeping is being blamed for reservations that are being lost in the system. the cemetery is still dealing with problems regarding mismarked graves. now the "washington post" reports cemetery officials are struggling to determine who has reserved plots. some of those plots may already have been filled. the reservations were made under a system that ended back in 1962. one official says the cemetery has 3,500 reservations on file. there could be more, they say, but they have no idea how many of those reservations are still v
on japan's leaking nuclear plant. how u.s. military families in japan are dealing with the disaster. >>> when a boy seen in the video now says about first bullying the fellow classmate and then being slammed to the ground. [ older brother ] hey, that's the last crescent. [ younger brother ] oh, do you want it? yeah. ok, we'll split it. [ female announcer ] made fresh, so light... ...buttery and flaky... this is half. that is not half. guys i have more. [ female announcer ] do you have enough crescents? but i've got a warm, fresh baked strawberry toaster strudel. see the difference? mmmm. i do. (announcer) pillsbury toastestrudel. the one kids want to eat. evacuate family members who want to leave earthquake ravaged japan. this morning, 500 people arrived at tavis air force base in california. evacuations are not mandatory and are offered to eligible family members in adversely affected areas of japan. >>> new concerns about that damaged power plant in japan this morning. safety officials say a pool for storing fuel is heating up and is near the boiling point. that pool is believed t
and serious. that's how japan's prime minister described the fight to stabilize that damaged nuclear power plant there. plant officials fear there is a possible breach in the core of the reactor. that could mean even more radioactive contamination. the uncertain situation has brought a stop to the work at the complex. it's just too dangerous. people living within 18 miles of the reactor are now being told to evacuate as a precaution. before today, residents were just told to stay indoors. the official death toll from the quake ask tsunami now tops 10,000, another 17,000 are still missing. the earthquake hit two weeks ago today. >>> the crisis in japan has many wondering about safety of our own nuclear power plants. >> there are 104 facilities in this country, maryland's calavert cliff plant produces enough power to energize a city the size of baltimore. >> as derrick ward reports tonight, officials say a situation like the one in japan is unlikely here, but they're ready, just in case. >> reporter: the calvert cliffs nuclear plant rests 40 feet above sea level with concrete designed to wit
gadhafi. >>> maximum alert in japan. it appears the emergency at the nuclear power plant will not be contained any time soon. >>> is there a link between our children's behavior and the coloring in our food? the government is taking on the question again, while some parents have already acted on their own. >>> and making a difference for people still struggling after katrina. the people who show up and go to work every day without being asked. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, a few hours ago here in new york, president obama sat down to talk with us about the dangerous situation in libya and that entire region of the world. we asked him about the speech to the nation he delivered last night, the dangers of u.s. military involvement while already fighting two other wars and the precedent this may set in other nations. and the fact that this may not go quite as the u.s. and nato have planned. notably as you're about to hear, the president left open the possibility of arming the rebels who are in the fight against gad
. >>> japan shaken by yet another earthquake. it hit 75 miles away from the hard hit city of sendai. 6:30 last night our time. it triggered a tsunami warning, no wave has been reported. there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. the nuclear situation seems to be growing more dire. radiation levels are spiking in one plant, and radiated water climbed to 100,000 times normal levels because of a melt down. workers are trying to pump it out and store it, and pump water in and cool the core. rad active iodine has been found a mile north of the stricken plant. >>> we will hear from mayor gray on the state of the district. his address at 6:45 at easton senior high school. gray has had a rocky start to his term as mayor. his proposal rating at 30%. he faces criticism for paying higher salaries, and dealing with the brown situation, and the suv situation with kwame brown. >>> get ready to pay for more a cab, why you will be paying for beginning today. >> it looks like you will have to keep working, the winning megamillions ticket was not sold here. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] with amazing
a troubling development at the crippled fukushima plant in japan where officials and nuclear officials say a reactor core at one unit may have been breached. although authorities implied today that the damage is limited, it raises the possibility of more severe containment to the environment. meanwhile, japanese officials say tests performed on tokyo's tap water now show acceptable levels of radioactive iodine for infants. however, some parents aren't taking any chances and supplies of bottled water are running low. >>> and two weeks after japan's earthquake and tsunami, the official death toll from the disasters has soared past 10,000. meanwhile, secretary of state hillary rod ham clinton says the united states is taking the next step in military operations against libya by handing over control of the no-fly zone to nato. yesterday, french fighter jets struck a military base about 155 miles south of the libyan coastline as well as libyan combat planes that had just landed outside the strategic city of misrata. more explosions could be heard before dawn this morning in the capital city of
. where some radiation fallout from japan is showing up in the u.s. >>> liz taylor's legacy. more than great movies. now we're finding out new details about the loves of her life. >>> and what would you do with a couple million dollars? the lucky seven jackpot winners returning to acting. well, animated acting, anyway. the former california governor will star in a new cartoon called goin"the governator." he will provide the voice. if the show is popular, it could branch out to comics and films. >>> and how about this? betty white is coming back to nbc, and she's getting her own hidden camera show. the working title right now, "betty white's off their rockers" about a group of senior citizens who make it their mission to prank younger people. white will be the host and executive producer. by the way, she is no stranger to nbc. this is where she starred on "golden girls" for seven seasons. no word on when her new show will debut. but i bet it will be a riot. >> i love the idea. can't wait to see it. >> absolutely. >>> if you've been following the charlie sheen saga, you probably know he'
really want to encourage kids who have been thinking -- we've all been thinking more about japan these days. this is a really lovely way to go and think about the friendship between the united states and japan, this wonderful gift given from the japanese government 99 years ago. so we explore that in today's kidspost. and we encourage everybody to go out and enjoy that. >> nice timely history lesson. >> it kicks off its annual poetry contest. i'm always amazed at the number of entries. >> this is just amazing. we typically get between 1,500 and 2,000 entries. kids love poetry. april is national poetry month. i do have to tell the people at channel 4 that the intro rhyme is not eligible for this poetry contest. but it's open to all kids ages 13 and under. one entry per child. must be original. deadline is april 4th. we will publish them at the end of april and share some of them on air. >> and you have awesome baseball books to share. >> the nationals begin the season on thursday. so just in time in tuesday's kidspost we have some really nice baseball books. roberto and me by dan
. >>> to the disaster in japan now. the contamination both in and around the that damaged nuclear plant is growing. today the amount of radiation in the water that's been flooding the plant reached a level 100,000 times higher than normal. and today, plutonium, another radioactive substance, was detected in the soil around the complex. the contamination is believed to be the result of a partial meltdown in the core of that complex. all of this, of course, follows that march 11th earthquake and tsunami in japan. because of that disaster, health authorities all over the country and in our area are monitoring air and water quality. this afternoon, maryland officials announced a very small amount of radioactive iodine was detected in a rain water sample taken in baltimore. but as chris gordon reports now, authorities say it does not pose a health risk. >> reporter: our tap water is being tested to make sure it is safe, and officials say it is. the maryland and virginia health departments are monitoring samples that have been taken from reservoirs, rivers and rain water to check whether radiation from
weather forcing schools to go on lockdown. >>> there's new progress at japan's quake-rattled nuclear plant. >>> the all-time home run record holder in court. >>> and dan, how is our weather? >> or doug, it doesn't really matter, wendy, it's all the same. but tell you what, big-time changes in the weather. temperatures right now to the north, very cold. to the south, very warm. who's going to win out. i'll show you. lindsay? >>> thanks, frank. the capitals will need to use the depth on their roster. and how an nfl rule change could decrease the number of plays like this. fire in egypt interir ministry today. a source at the ministry said the fire is probably linked to a protest by police who are demanding the resignation of the minister. the flames raced through all seven stories of the building. no one was injured. earlier today, the military cordoned off that building to protect it from about 3,000 police protesters. those demonstrators are demanding better pay and working conditions. >>> vice president joe biden visited the japanese embassy today to pay his respects to the victims of tha
. thousands toured the tidal basin as part of the "stand in japan" event. the festival officially begins tomorrow and runs through april tenth. you may want to go next tuesday through friday that is when the national parks' service believes it will be in bloom. >> the poor buds out there. it must be cold. >> they are tough. when they are just starting out, they will be hanging on with a gusty wind they will hang o we have cold weather. in fact, you will be scraping frost off your windshield this morning. it is down near 30. regan national at 34. it has been warmer by the bay, away from the waters, it is near freezing there as well. and as we look elsewhere, it is in the upper 20s in western maryland and parts of west virginia, and around the virginia tide water region, it is freezing. over the last 12 hours, we had the sky clearing out, starting out with the half moon in the southeastern sky this morning. and a clear sky. there is a developing storm system out in the southern plains that will be affecting our weather by the end of the weekend. right now, we have a clear sky over the wa
sailor. >> what abercrombie and fitch is selling leading to a kroefr. >>> the disaster in japan rocked by another earthquake today. it triggered a tsunami warning that was cancelled. nuclear plant officials say a partial meltdown boosted the readings from one reactor. the reading 100,000 times more than normal. health officials in massachusetts found trace amounts of radiation in rain water samples and do not pose a risk for those who live there. inspectors say they will continue to take samples around the state this week. >> a man is expected to appear in a virginia courtroom in connection with a bizarre vampire gammers romance, police tell the "miami herald." the man hopped a on a train with a plan to seduce his 14-year-old girlfriend and knock out her mother with sleeping pills. they met playing "rain of blood" online. >>> a blue alert, similar to an amber alert, maryland already has t that system will serve as the model for the national system. the senator will introduce the legislation today when he speaks at the fraternal order of police lodge in upper marlboro. >>> a dramatic in
, and the mother's history of child neflect. >> tracy, thank you. >> out of japan this morning, crews say they have no choice but to keep pouring water on the reactors, making matters worse, highly toxic plutonium is seeps from the plant. it is a strong sign that the cores may have melted in the crisis in japan. >>> could the end be near for muammar gadhafi? world powers, putting pressure on the leader to step down. they are talking about an exit plan for muammar gadhafi. and president obama is make his case for why the american military is involved in libya. a look at the president's televised speech. >> in that televised address, president obama, speaking at fort mcnair in washington, laying out the arguments, the president said that town was on the vernal of a massacre that u.s. could not wait another day to strike libyan regime forces. nato is said to take over operations in libya tomorrow. president obama said that u.s. will continue to support efforts to protect the people of libya. the president said that the u.s. could not turn a blind eye to what was happening in lib ya, but that our invol
. but president ali abdullah saleh said if he resigns the country may break apart. >>> from japan, troubling news from the earthquake zone where workers are struggling to cool the damaged fukushima daiichi power plant. high radiation levels found in seawater near the plant two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami struck. nbc's lee cowan has our story. >> reporter: with so much talk of the spike in radiation levels, the other spike in the death toll is sometimes lost. but it continues unabated. it is fast approaching 11,000 with nearly 18,000 still missing. at the fukushima nuclear power plant the u.s. is shipping in hundreds of thousands of gallons of freshwater to help cool the reactors. a better alternative engineers say than injecting salt water. but all of it has to drain somewhere and the government now says it may have made its way back out to sea. radiation readings in water near shore have registered 1,000 times greater than normal. japanese officials though are quick to point out that it is still within safe limits. but were angered by news that the plant's owner tepco knew radioactive
covered tonight. >>> disaster in japan, the heartbreaking story of a family torn apart by the continuing nuclear crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. >>> we the people, big news tonight for some of the largest cities in americ and what it says about all of us. >>> and making a difference. a woman on a mission to fight the battle of the bulge, one entire town at a time. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, with cruise missiles, moammar gadhafi has not only survived any of the strikes that might have landed near him, tonight he appeared on libyan tv in front of a crowd of supporters in tripoli, vowing to be victorious in the end. the u.s. lost a jet there today, an older fighter jet, mechanical failure, they say, and not a shootdown. both pilots are okay. but it could have ended much differently. and in the beginning stages still of this so far u.s.-led attack, a lot of people are wondering how this ends. we begin tonight with our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening? >> reporter: good evening. for american air c
developments out of japan, a major set back at a crippled plant. >> it is friday, march 25th, it doesn't feel like a late march morning. don't be surprised if you have to do scraping on your car this morning. >> so many i run into are telling me, tom, when do we get warmer weather? i keep telling them, i am trying. >> try harder. >> we are talking about winter-like weather. the cold air has moved in place. this will set the stage for major accumulating snow on sunday. right now, it is frosty cold. 32 at reagan national it is just near 30 in arlington. montgomery county, in the mid and upper 20s, right near the bay waters, just a mile or two away from the bay, it is down in the upper 20s. most locations, under a clear sky. colder in western maryland, the low to mid 20s in many locations, it is a frosty, cold start, thanks to the high pressure that pushed down from canada, in place here, and will be in place through the weekend. for today, as we look there at the live view from the city, a clear start. sunrise after 7:00. we will have temperatures in the 30s. peaking in the 40s for a brief ti
to you. >>> direct reports of correct exposure to radiation are giving new-to new fears in japan. these are pictures from inside the fukushima plant. japan's nuclear safety agency says three workers came into direct contact with ray quags, two had their skin exposed. this morning smoke could still be seen rise prg two of the reactors. in tokyo, radiation levels in tap water have now dropped, but stores have started to ration produce after a run on supermarkets left the shelves bayear bare. the human toll is still on the increase. 9700 are confirmed dead with morning 16,000 missing. >>> the extensive damage in japan is having an effect on car production here in the united states. toyota is the latest automaker to announce that work may stop at some of its north american plants because of parts shortages. toyota is unsure which factories would shut down or for how long. but says the impact will be limited because a majority of parts for north american production come from suppliers here in the u.s. >>> france's foreign minister says this morning that operations in libya will last w
in both these cases. >>> in japan, crews are still working to cool reactors at the troubled fukushima plant. radiation continues to leak from the plant. today levels of radiation were found in nearby sea water. though officials say it poses no threat. thousands of people are still homeless. hundreds have camped out in a sports arena near tokyo. many lost their homes in the quake. others are radiation refugees. some food from northern japan is now banned, because of radiation concerns. and rescue efforts are slowly switching to recovery mode. >>> the tsunami in japan crippled a bank's security system and a safe was left wide open. someone walked in and walked out with half a million dollars. police say just about everything was destroyed in the city of kasanuma. >>> waking up to the rumbles of a massive rock slide. this was shot yesterday and shows the rocks and mud sliding down the hillside. it left a deep pile of debris covering the only roadway in and out of the neighborhood, trapping dozens of families. crews are working now to remove the rubble and hope to have the road reopened s
in libya could still continue after that. >>> two workers at a damaged nuclear power plant in japan were hospitalized today after they were exposed to high levels of radiation. officials say the worker stepped in some contaminated water while they were laying electrical cables in the basement of one u unit. the level of radiation in the tap water, meanwhile, in tokyo has gone down. that water was deemed safe for babies to drink now. but fears linger, and supplies of bottled water are scarce. the official death toll from that earthquake tsunami now rose again 9,800 now confirmed dead. 17,000 still missing. >> back close to home, the numbers aren't good. only 31% of district voters approve of may your vincent gray's performance. tom sherwood asked the mayor how he plans to turn things around. >> reporter: district mayor vincent gray was giving a pep talk thursday to city workers, trying to boost homeownership and housing in the city. but a new opinion poll just two months into his term shows mayor gray needs to boost his own standing with city voters who elected him last year. >> we'll dri
obama and hesitate fight in libya. >>> the nuclear disaster in japan keeps getting longer and more terrifying. highly toxic plutonium is leaking outs the plant into the soil. dangerously radioactive water is leaking from damaged fuel rods. this marks the first confirm discovery of plutonium. plutonium is deadly to hiems even in small dozes and can remain in small doses even author thousands of years. so far, officials claim it's not harmful to human health. >>> in yemen, at least 70 people were killed yesterday when an explosion tore through a weapons factory. the explosion took place as crowds of residents were leaving the facility from valuable weapons. the blast, which appears to have been accidental, underscores an ominous collapse of authority there after six weeks of mounting protests. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in colorado, two men trying to rob a convenience store got a big surprise. security video shows one man pointing a gun to a customer's head. but when he goes to the counter, the 24-year-old clerk lungs for the gun and wr
in washington, thank you. >>> pressure is mounting on japan to expand the evacuation zone around its damaged power plant amid concerns about radiation seeping from the facility. radiation in one village 25 miles from the complex is twice the suggested threshold for evacuation. anyone within a 12-mile zone has already been told to leave. meanwhile, the country's emperor and empress made a rare appearance yesterday trying to comfort the victims of the disaster. now there is new disturbing evidence regarding radiation from japan drifting to the united states. test of milk samples in spokane, washington, indicate the presence of radioactive iodine from the company's nuclear plant. but the plant say such levels are expected and they are far below the levels of safety concern even for infants. >>> here at home, the ohio legislature has voted to severely limit public rights of workers. both the house and senate approved the measure which allows unions to negotiate wages, but not health care pay. ohio's legislation is in some ways tougher since it extends the union restrictions to police officers an
out, he had to be hospitalized. >>> and japan's emperor reached out to some of the thousands of displaced residents today. they visited a temporary shelter near tokyo, spending about an hour there. they were the empress's first face-to-face meetings with evacuees since the quake and tsunami hit on march 11th. meanwhile, u.s. ships off the coast of japan continued to play a vital role in the relief effort. today sailors and marines packed up toys and other supplies for the disaster victim. one of about a dozen u.s. ships in the region right now. >>> more problems at a frederick county high school today. a student was sent home this morning from the high school for getting into a fight. this comes a day after a student was arrested for allegedly taking a loaded gun to school. school officials stay incidents are related. >> reporter: a fight on monday over some kind of a boy-girl dispute resulted in a 15-year-old student bringing a fully loaded .22 caliper handgun. the state attorney said the case may prove more complicated than that. >> this isn't a situation where someone just
in japan. there was another scare at one of the earthquake damaged nuclear power plants in fukushima. the temperature in reactor one rose to an alarming level today, but the crews doused it with water and it was brought down. if the reactors can't be stabilized, more radiation will leak out. the latest land survey determined the tsunami swept almost 25 miles inland and destroyed towns and cities. more than 11,000 deaths have been reported. the final number is expected to top 18,000. >>> on capitol hill, a senate committee was briefed today on the nuclear disaster in japan. traces of radioactive contamination is being picked up at monitoring stations across the country. but a top nuclear expert told lawmakers there's no reason to panic. >> the u.s. government has an extensive network of radiation monitors across the country. we feel confident based on the current data from monitoring at nuclear power plants and through the environmental protection agency system, that there is no reason for concern in the u.s. regarding radioactive releases from japan. >> the department of energy also
to change. >>> a teacher from virginia went on a mission to japan and found herself caught in the middle of a devastating earthquake and tsunami. >>> but we begin with that case of murder at the lululemon store, and a new answer as to why one woman would allegedly beat a co-worker to death. good evening, i'm wendy rieger. >> and i'm jim vance. dorene is off tonight. 28-year-old brittney norwood appeared in court in rockville today. she was the victim turned suspect now in the murder of jana murray, and a murder this month at the lululemon store in bethesda. for the first time, prosecutors revealed that an alleged fight over
in japan. >>> turning point. the rebels make their biggest push yet into gadhafi territory, as president obama prepares to make the case for sending the u.s. military to work in libya. >>> walmart and women, a case headed to thsupreme court this week that could impact all women in the u.s. workforce. >>> and making a difference, so kids of active duty americans don't have to put their favorite sport on ice. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. tonight as japan deals with a simmering and some say worsening crisis over nuclear radiation, it's some measure of how big it is when you consider the following. trace amounts of radiation have now been detected in the air and in the rain as far east in this country as pittsburgh, p.a. and the commonwealth of massachusetts. and even though it's a minute, neglible amount being detected, the health commissioner in massachusetts felt the need to reassure people nonetheless. >> i want to emphasize that the sampling results indicate no risk to the state drinking water supplies. the drinking water sup
. >> new out of japan this morning, authorities call the troubles out of a nuclear reactor grave. the plutonium is leaking from the if you sushima plant. more proof that a partial meltdown occurred at that plant. plutonium is highly toxic. the amounts found do not pose a threat to humans. they don't have a choice to put water on the reactors even though it may cause leaks. inspectors found a small amount of radioactive material in a baltimore water sample. the trace amount found they insist is not a rink to drinking water. health officials do urge people not to drink rain water. authorities are testing air, milk and vegetation for radiation. >>> a deadly shooting, officers responded to the 1,300 block. there is no word on a suspected gunman. >> one of the many items, in the board of supervisors meeting. bonds to provide 225 million up to the construction of that line. afterwards, they will decide whether or not to decide to buy a trash plant. they will conclude at the budget hearing, dozens have signed up to speak. >> county executive baker will deliver the state of the prince ge
from the damaged power plant in japan has reached the continental u.s. frp minuscule amounts were detected in seattle. it is lower than would be a health concern. right now, no action is needed it is coming from a power plant damaged in the tsunami. one of the victims has turned out to be a american taylor anderson may be the first u.s. citizen to die in the disaster. >>> right now, president obama is preparing for the final step on his latin america trip. they will leave chile and head to el salvador. while in chile, first lady, michelle obama toured the schools with with the first lady. she encouraged students to do their best and dream big. the first lady visited a science and art museum, they were entertained by dancers and musicians and the girls got to try out interactive exhibits in the museum. >>> protesters shouted "down with capitalism" some demonstrators burned the u.s. flag. similar protests held in el salvador. hundreds marched through the streets, demanding that president obama address drug trafficking, the food crisis. >>> the shooting happened at north high street
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